Agenda for Invasive Species Summit

The following draft agenda is provided so that interested attendees can begin to get a sense of the types of dialogue likely to take place at the Summit. In addition to the program as outlined below, a poster session will accompany the summit to maximize opportunities for showcasing the latest developments in invasive arthropod species management and a drafting station will be available for collaborative efforts to craft a consensus document on the challenges of invasive arthropod species.

For a list of speakers and their bios, please click here.

Friday, November 9

The Invasive Arthropod Forestry Pests of British Columbia: A Case Study for a Broader Challenge? (3:30 pm)

As a border province with the U.S. and the western seaport of Canada, British Columbia can be viewed as a case study for the invasive arthropod species challenge. BC is Canada’s 3rd most populous province and home to Vancouver, one of the busiest ports in North America. Two primary industries, forestry and tourism, are known pathways for invasive species.

  • Facilitator, Gail Wallin, Invasive Species Council of BC, Executive Director
  • Panelists:
    • Babita Bains, British Columbia Ministry of Forests; Provincial Forest Entomologist
    • Tim Ebata, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development; Forest Health Officer
    • Tracy Hueppelsheuser, British Columbia Plant Protection Advisory Council; Chair
    • Jennifer McGuire; Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy;
      Assistant Deputy Minister
    • Brian Van Hezewijk; Canadian Forest Service; Research Scientist

Policy Considerations of the Transboundary Arthropod Forest Pests Challenge (4:15 pm)

This session will be a facilitated and strategic conversation on increasing the cross-border collaboration and cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to better enable early and rapid detection and management of invasive arthropod species. The panelists will discuss the challenge from their perspective, react to the prior panel and address questions from the facilitator (and audience, if time permits).

  • Facilitator, Gail Wallin, Invasive Species Council of BC, Executive Director
  • Panelists:
    • Stephanie Bloem; North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO); Executive Director
    • Rick Cooksey; U.S. Forest Service; Acting Director Forest Health Protection
    • Bruno Gallant; Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Senior Legislative Officer, Invasive Alien Species and Domestic Plant Health Programs Section
    • Anthony Hopkin; Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service; Director, Entomology and Phytosanitary Service
    • Samantha J. Simon; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Senior Invasive Species Coordinator

Issues and Challenges Regarding Invasive Forest Insects (5:30 pm)

Panelists will focus on the technical challenges of the invasive forest insect problem across the U.S. and Canadian border. They will present on their areas of expertise, react to the prior two round table discussions, and seek to find areas where the entomological community can come together to make a difference in the ways that the two nations–and, indeed, the rest of the world–can improve our ability to manage invasive species. This small group, round-table conversation between Canadian and US federal officials will discuss the technical challenges of the trans-boundary invasive arthropod species challenge.

  • Facilitator, Gail Wallin, Invasive Species Council of BC, Executive Director
  • Panelists:
    • Robert Rabaglia; U.S. Forest Service; Entomologist
    • Nancy Furness; Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Forestry Specialist
    • Robert Nowierski; USDA-NIFA; National Program Leader for Bio-Based Pest Management
    • Leland Humble; Natural Resources Canada; Research Scientist
    • Meghan Noseworthy; Canadian Forest Service; Research Biologist
    • Ian Pearse; U.S. Geological Survey; Research Ecologist

Reception (6:30 – 8:00 pm)

Attendees will enjoy networking and having an opportunity to preview the posters that will be on display throughout the summit. Additionally, the consensus document drafting station will be available for collaborative drafting efforts.

Saturday, November 10

Breakfast on your own

Informal Coffee Networking Session (7:30 – 8:00 am)

Welcome (8:00 am)

Attendees will preview the day to come, receive an overview of the summit, including any important updates or outcomes from the prior day’s round-table conversations. Other topics to be covered include a summary of the purpose of the Grand Challenges Agenda for Entomology (GCAFE), the need for better and more effective science communication, a presentation of current invasive policy statements from the entomology community, and discuss the development of a consensus statement to be developed during the meeting which will serve as a planning document to direct future efforts.

  • Presenter: Frank Zalom; University of California, Davis & Summit Co-Chair

Sponsor address: Corteva Agrisciences, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (8:10 am)

CortevaLegal_HorColorHeadquartered in Wilmington, DE, Corteva, the former Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, is an agricultural company with a leading position in seed technologies, crop protection, and digital agriculture. The company has a strong belief in developing market shaping technologies and partnerships and views this sponsorship as part of their drive toward developing food security on a global basis.

  • Presenter: Sunil Tewari, Field Scientist, Corteva AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of Dow DuPontTM

The Views from Washington and Ottawa: The Invasive Species Challenge from Both Sides of the Border (8:20 am)

This two-part, high level and high impact plenary talk will feature federal officials from both the Canadian and U.S. governments. They will deliver talks that address their respective federal positions on invasive species, the challenges the governments are facing, and ways that they see for the U.S. and Canadian on federal priorities related to international cooperation in invasive species.

  • Presenter:  Samantha Simon, Senior Invasive Species Coordinator, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Presenter: Anthony Hopkin; Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service; Director, Entomology and Phytosanitary Service

Ground War: The View from Inside Port Operations (9:00 am)

Several of the ports in the Pacific Northwest are among the busiest ports in the Americas. Vancouver itself is among the top 30 busiest ports in the world. This talk will be a real life discussion of the challenges faced by port managers on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. Using the port of Seattle as an example for the issues faced by all managers, this talk will showcase the scope of the problem in addition to highlighting other challenges, such as funding, scale, training, and the tools of the trade.

  • Presenter: Roy Hamblin, Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Chief, Seattle Trade Branch

Funding Solutions Through Innovation (9:20 am)

This presentation will focus on looking beyond the obvious for solutions. It will be about thinking differently and building solution-seeking communities where they don’t currently exist. The e-Economy has disrupted most traditional business models, forcing individuals to look beyond the horizon to adapt to an always-new paradigm. What is to be learned by broadening our scope as we search for solutions to the invasive arthropod species challenge?

  • Presenter: Paul Bunje; Conservation X Labs; Co-founder

Sponsor address: Syngenta (9:40 am)

Syngenta-logo-webSyngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

  • Presenter: Catherine Savinelli, Pollinator & IPM Stewardship Lead

Challenge Areas Panel (9:50 am)

Many of the invasive species challenges that entomologists and other professionals face are the same, regardless of what pest is being considered. This panel presentation will seek to define the primary issues that need to be addressed. The panelists will seek to address their views on the most critical elements of the challenge, including prevention, detection, and response.

  • Facilitator: Tracey Cooke; Invasive Species Centre; Executive Director
  • Panelists: 
    • Sandy Smith; University of Toronto; Professor
    • Stephanie Bloem; NAPPO; Executive Director
    • Andrew Liebhold; U.S. Forest Service; Research Entomologist
    • Leland Humble; Natural Resources Canada; Research Scientist

Break (10:20 am)

During the break, refreshments will be supplied, participants will be invited to review the posters, and all will be encouraged to visit the consensus document station, where the group will collaboratively work on preparing an outcome statement from the Summit.

“No New Invaders” Perspective Talks (10:40 am)

We tend to think of invasive species as inevitable, and perhaps they are. But does that kind of thinking limit our approaches? What would it take to stop all new invasions? Reframing the challenge allows us to better view our toolkit. These “What if …” scenarios will all be short talks delivered in a lively presentation style and are designed to get summit attendees thinking of the challenge from a different perspective.

  • Presentation by: Helen Spafford, University of Hawaii. Introduction: What if …
  • Presentation by: Andrew “Sandy” Liebhold; U.S. Forest Service; Research Entomologist. Picking winners: How can we get better at pathway analysis and risk assessment?
  • Presentation by: Stephen Dobson, University of Kentucky and Mosquito Mate; What’s in your toolbox? 
  • Presentation by: Nancy Schelhorn, CSIRO. What tool is missing?
  • Presentation by: Gail Wallin, Invasive Species Council of British Columbia, How do we engage?
  • Presentation by: Patricia McAllister, CFIA; In a perfect world, how would we collaborate?

A New Paradigm: Challenges and Opportunities in a Dynamic Political Landscape (11:20 am)

The political landscape is changing daily. What does that mean from a policy perspective? What are we doing right (and wrong) in our current approaches to federal invasive species management? If we could start from scratch, how would we build a better system?

  • Presenter: Sonny Ramaswamy, President Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and Former Director USDA-NIFA

Invasion Biology: Science and Policy (11:40 am)

This talk will discuss invasion biology and the strategic usage of data to make better-informed decisions. In other words, how can we get better and learning from past lessons to help limit the impacts of invaders in the future?

  • Presenter: James Carey; University of California-Davis; Professor

Morning Wrap Up (11:50 am)

Lessons learned during the morning sessions will be discussed, the consensus document will be reviewed, and the afternoon sessions will be previewed.

  • Presenter: Tracy Hueppelsheuser, British Columbia Plant Protection Advisory Council & Summit Co-Chair

Lunch (12:00 pm)

Breakout Sessions on Critical Issues (1:00 pm)

Some of the most pressing needs related to invasive arthropod species will be discussed in breakout sessions. In each room, an expert on the topic will facilitate a meeting, assisted by the ESA Science Policy Fellows, and others. The sessions will unearth the ways that we should be addressing the challenge, identify opportunities for collaboration, and chart the path forward. Using the “ABT” model, the breakout sessions will be tasked to develop the communication tools needed to succinctly and impactfully address the challenge of invasive species to the general public, stakeholders, and lawmakers.

  • Prevention. Facilitator: Frank Zalom
  • DetectionFacilitator: Leland Humble
  • Response ManagementFacilitators: Sandy Smith and Tracey Hueppelsheuser
  • Trade and Policy/International AgreementsFacilitator: Helen Spafford

Break (2:15 pm)

During the break, refreshments will be supplied, participants will be invited to review the posters, and all will be encouraged to visit the consensus document station, where the group will collaboratively work on preparing an outcome statement from the Summit.

Sponsor address: Monsanto (2:30 pm)

Report Outs on Critical Issues (2:40 pm)

Each of the discussion leaders from the breakout sessions will provide a brief summary on the outcomes from their sessions.

Moving from Discussion to Impact (3:20 pm)

Building on the report outs, well-known author and respected science communicator will work with the summit attendees on shaping the outcome statements to become impact messages, emphasizing ways to craft science as a narrative in such a way so that the public at large can understand the message and, more importantly, find it compelling enough to act on.

  • Presenter: Randy Olson, Scientist and Author

Helping to Set the Agenda for Invasive Species Research (4:20 pm)

In this talk we’ll address ways that the Grand Challenges summit can help to set the outcomes for the ways that the global community addresses the challenges of invasive arthropods in the future.

  • Presenter: Denny Luan; Co-founder

2019 and Beyond (4:35 pm)

The GCAFE Initiative is broader than this single summit. It is a community of entomologists and partners who seek to improve the state of the world through collaborative communication around the challenge areas. Perhaps the most important part of the summit will occur in the hours and weeks that follow its conclusion. This talk will set the stage for that. The presidents from the three hosting entomological societies and some of their other international counterparts will discuss the day’s conversations, the consensus document, and identified needs in the coming days, months, and years.

  • Facilitator: David Gammel; Entomological Society of America; Executive Director
  • Panelist: Patrice Bouchard; Entomological Society of Canada; President
  • Panelist: Michael Parrella; Entomological Society of America; President
  • Panelist: Jennifer Cory; Entomological Society of British Columbia; President
  • Panelist: Luke Tilley; Royal Entomological Society; Chief Executive
  • Panelist: Heikki Hokkanen; Entomological Society of Finland; President
  • Panelist: (invited) Eliane Quintela; Entomological Society of Brazil; President

Adjourn and Attendee Photo (5:15 pm)